On verge of greatness

HARARE - For Calisto Pasuwa, the Mbada Diamonds Cup final and the last two games of the 2012 Castle Premiership season offers more than the chance to collect another piece of silverware, it’s the opportunity to further advance his claims as one of Dynamos Football Club’s most illustrious sons.

With the Castle Premiership title seemingly heading back to the Harare giants’ trophy cabinet, and the Mbada Cup there for the taking again, Dynamos are on the brink of another great era, and the man largely credited for most of the success is the humble, yet technically shrewd Pasuwa.

As a player, Pasuwa won four titles with Dynamos and was a key member of the side that went all the way to the final of the African Champions League back in 1998.

A well-organised central midfielder who could make the intricate through-ball or perfectly-weighted pass and could also join the attack, Pasuwa was an unsung hero in the dominant Dynamos side of the late  90s, then under the stewardship of legendary coach Sunday Chidzambwa.  

It is perhaps as a coach that Pasuwa has emerged from his shell.

He joined Dynamos mid-last season after Lloyd Mutasa was fired and turned things around in a terrific second half of the season in which DeMbare dislodged long-time log leaders FC Platinum to win the league title at the death on goal difference.

For good measure, DeMbare also bagged the Mbada Cup in its year of inception.

Despite all the success, few, somehow, believed those achievements could in fact spark a run of great success under Pasuwa.

Those critics seemed justified following Dynamos’ 6-0 annihilation at the hands of Tunisian giants Esperance in the African Champions League in June, a result which, coupled by the club’s elimination from the second-tier Confederation Cup by Angolan outfit Interclube, nearly cost Pasuwa his job.

He somehow survived the chop, but Dynamos bosses will be grateful for that decision.

Ominously for their local Premiership rivals, Dynamos regrouped from their continental humiliation and improved significantly on the domestic front, going on one fine run after another.

Powered by the goals of Takesure Chinyama in the first half of the season and inspired by the genius of midfield magician Denver Mukumba for almost the entire season, the Glamour Boys have showed no sign of relinquishing their title.

Now Pasuwa is on the verge of history, with a fine opportunity to win back-to-back league titles, which no other Dynamos coach has achieved since the legendary Chidzambwa.

Spoilt by success, Pasuwa can also put the icing on the cake if he leads the club to Mbada Cup glory for the second year running.  

The equation is simple for Pasuwa, win the league and cup double and earn a place in the Dynamos Football Club Hall of Fame, if there was one.  

The fate is in his own hands.

Pasuwa’s strength has been the way he brilliantly tinkers with his team.

The introduction of Rodreck Mutuma as an impact player for the better part of the season brought desired results.  

One of the youngsters blooded in the team this season, Partson Jaure, was quite literally the rock at the centre of defence.

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